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SAN SEBASTIÁN 2014 Hungary

Cain’s Children showcased in San Sebastián’s New Directors

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- Marcell Gerö’s documentary, produced by Campfilm and JBA, paints a portrait of three murderers as they try to reintegrate themselves into society

Cain’s Children showcased in San Sebastián’s New Directors
Cain's Children by Marcell Gerö

Following Land of Storms [+see also:
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interview: Adam Csaszi
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being selected for the Berlinale Panorama, Kornel Mundruczo’s White God [+see also:
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interview: Kornél Mundruczó
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winning the Un Certain Regard Prize at Cannes, György Palfi’s Free Fall [+see also:
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scoring a hat-trick (Special Jury Prize, Best Director Award and Europa Cinemas Label) at Karlovy Vary, Virág Zomborácz’s Afterlife [+see also:
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interview: Virág Zomborácz
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and Gábor Reisz’s For Some Inexplicable Reason [+see also:
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being selected at East of the West, and Szablocs Hajdu’s Mirage [+see also:
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having just had its world premiere at Toronto, Hungarian cinema will now continue full steam ahead with its impressive 2014 at the 62nd San Sebastián Film Festival, which gets under way tomorrow. The festival’s competitive New Directors section will be presenting the feature debut by Marcell Gerö: the documentary Cain's Children [+see also:
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The film follows the fates of Pal, Zsolt and Gabor, three men who spent their teenage years together in the Tokol juvenile detention centre in the 1980s. Pal killed his father, Zsolt murdered one of his friends, while Gabor killed his teacher. At the time, a filmmaker recorded their distressing testimonies, but this subversive material was banned. When Marcell Gerö discovered it, he decided to set off in search of these three youths and to retread with them the paths that their lives followed. Three fates that are pieced together in all their violence, three singular stories that end up tracing the outline of a country that swings between one era and another, a modern-day political and social context in which the powers that be only wish to be rid of these marginalised individuals who are getting in their way.

Cain’s Children was produced by Hungarian outfit Campfilm Production (Sara Laszlo), and French firms JBA Production (Marianne Dumoulin and Jacques Bidou) and Arte France. The film also received backing from HBO Europe, Media Development - EACEA, Cosip, Procirep/Angoa, Radio Télévision Suisse and the Hungarian Tax Incentive.

(Translated from French)

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